HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 9th

Aug 9, 2019

Wela means hot. You'll hear both wela (well-a) or wela (vel-a) as correct pronunciations, depending on the sound it follows. Wela means hot, burned, heat, temperature, but can also mean “lust” or “passion” or “feeling lust.” Wela wela is “doubly hot.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 8th

Aug 8, 2019

Makau means fishhook, something we see everyday in Hawaiʻi, even if you don't go near the water. The beautiful fishhooks carved form bone and used as a decoration around the necks of so many men and women in Hawaiʻi today are correctly called makau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 7th

Aug 7, 2019

Makaʻu means fear, frightened, afraid, cowardly, timid, unsafe, or dangerous. Makaʻu ʻoia aʻu – “he is afraid of me,” or mai makaʻu – “donʻt fear.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 6th

Aug 6, 2019

Hema means left or left side. When you watch a marching group pass by, you will often hear, “hema, hema, hema, ʻākau hema,” or “left, left, left, right, left.” It also means “south,” as in Kona hema – south Kona.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 5th

Aug 5, 2019

Hale is a word we all use in Hawaiʻi whether we speak Hawaiian or not. And hale, meaning house or building, is our Hawaiian Word of the Day. There are many kinds of hale from the hale ʻaina, or restaurant, to the hale pule, or church.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 2nd

Aug 2, 2019

Poko liko is another term given to an ethnic group that has settled in Hawaiʻi. Poko liko is the Hawaiian transliteration of the English words Puerto Rico or Puerto Rican. And there are many poko liko in Hawaiʻi nei.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: August 1st

Aug 1, 2019

Our Hawaiian word for today is another borrowed word, ʻAukake. And it is the Hawaiian word for August. Yes, it was borrowed from English, as is the case for all the names of the months.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 31st

Jul 31, 2019

Pukīkī is the Hawaiian word for the English word “Portuguese” – a group of people who arrived here by the thousands in the late 1800s.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 30th

Jul 30, 2019

ʻŪala is the Hawaiian name for the sweet potato. Did you know that this delicious and popular Hawaiian staple came from South America?

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 29th

Jul 29, 2019

Laiki is how we say rice in Hawaiian. And since we who live in the Islands eat so much of it, you should know how to say it in Hawaiian. Like so many of our newer Hawaiian words, it was borrowed from the English language.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 26th

Jul 26, 2019

We so often see kuʻuipo on Hawaiian jewelry that we tend to overlook another beautiful Hawaiian word for sweetheart. It is huapala. Literally, it means “ripe fruit,” a fruit that is ready for picking, and that's how Hawaiians call their sweetheart.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 25th

Jul 25, 2019

Another Hawaiian place name that is often mispronounced is Waiāhole. It is a compound name from wai for “water,” and āhole for a type of fish.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 24th

Jul 24, 2019

Today's Hawaiian Word of the Day is another beautiful place name: Kōkeʻe. It means "to bend" or "to wind." We all know it as the name of the beautiful state park and area on Kauaʻi.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 23rd

Jul 23, 2019

Pekelala is another Hawaiian word borrowed from English, and it means federal. If you listen to the news of the day discussed in Hawaiian, you often hear pekelala, because so much of what is in the news relates to the U.S. federal government.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 22nd

Jul 22, 2019

means: night, darkness, obscurity, the realm of the gods. The Hawaiian day begins at nightfall, so instead of using the word for the days of the week, as is done in English, we use for nights, and then modify it to make the nights of the week. For example pō akihi or pō alua.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 19th

Jul 19, 2019

If youʻve ever walked the beach looking for a glass ball, youʻll enjoy todayʻs word of the day: pōpō aniani which means glass ball.  Pōpō means “ball,” and aniani means “glass.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 18th

Jul 18, 2019

Koʻolau means windward. A very appropriate name for a mountain range that runs up the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. It can be used as an adjective too, to describe something that is on the windward side.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 17th

Jul 17, 2019

Koko means blood. It took on a special meaning when blood quantum was used by the U.S. government as a way to decide which Hawaiians would receive benefits and which ones would not.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 16th

Jul 16, 2019

Waikīkī means “spouting water” and was reportedly named for the swamps later drained to from the Ala Wai canal.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 15th

Jul 15, 2019

Lānaʻi is another major island name that is often mispronounced. People tend to confuse it with the word for a porch or a stiff back chair or a variety of sweet potato.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 12th

Jul 12, 2019

Kalaupapa a beautiful place on Molokaʻi that is often in the news. It means “the flat plain” and is another one of those often mispronounced Hawaiian place names.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 11th

Jul 11, 2019

Another of those beautiful Oʻahu Hawaiian place names so often mispronounced is Mōʻiliʻili, a residential area near Mānoa. It means pebble lizard.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 10th

Jul 10, 2019

We hope you find this Hawaiian Word of the Day interesting. If you do, the word to describe your feelings is hoihoi. It means "pleasure, interest, happiness, joy, delight, enjoyment," and  much more.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 9th

Jul 9, 2019

Mele means "song, anthem, or chant of any kind; a poem; or to sing or to chant." Na mele o Hawaiʻi nei means “the songs of Hawaiʻi.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 8th

Jul 8, 2019

One of the best known Hawaiian words is hula, meaning to dance. Hula is a very generic term for dance. There are many specific types of hula. Don't confuse hula with hulahula, the word you learned for ballroom dancing, and don't say, "hula dancing" – that's redundant.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 5th

Jul 5, 2019

Manō means shark. Every so often a manō is in the news in Hawaiʻi. The manō is also an ʻaumakua, or family god to some Hawaiians.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 4th

Jul 4, 2019

Today is the day that the United States celebrates its independence. So our Hawaiian word for today is ea. Ea means "independence, sovereignty, rule, life, air, breath."

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 3rd

Jul 3, 2019

Manaʻo means "to think, thought, idea, belief, meaning, opinion, suggestion." We often talk about our manaʻo, and we often share our manaʻo with our friends.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 2nd

Jul 2, 2019

Another beautiful Hawaiian name that is so often mispronounced is Kalanianaʻole and it means “the chief without measure.” It is a name given to so many prominent landmarks and the one that seems to give a lot of trouble to people in the broadcast media.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: July 1st

Jul 1, 2019

Iulai is the Hawaiian name for the month of July, the seventh month of the modern calendar. Yes, Iulai is a borrowed word from English. In fact, all of the names of the months of the calendar we now use are borrowed. Since the Hawaiian calendar of months did not coincide with that of the Europeans.

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